Jep Gambardella, a 65-year-old journalist and once promising novelist, spends his easy life among Rome's high society in a swirl of rooftop parties and late-night soirees. But when he learns of the death of his friend's wife a woman he loved as an 18-year-old his life is thrown into perspective and he begins to see the world through new eyes.
A dazzling, dizzying, mesmerising and hypnotic cinematic tour-de-force that has drawn comparisons with Italian greats such as La Dolce Vita and La Notte.
A triumphant return to form for world-renowned visionary director Paulo Sorrentino (Il Divo, This Must Be The Place).
Starring the multi award-winning Toni Servillo (Il Divo, Gomorrah). Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2013, the film was hotly tipped for the Palme d'Or.
5 STARS Time Out, The Telegraph, The Irish Times
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: Italian ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), Italian ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), Italian ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...The Great Beauty (2013) ( La grande bellezza ) (Blu-Ray)